Bulls, LaVine Agree to Up to 5 Year Renewal, $215.2 Million
All instructions for this week pointed to Zach LaVine stays with Chicago Bulls long-term contract extension. On Friday, it became official.
The report comes after news that the Bulls have signed big man Andre Drummond two years, $6.6 million contract.
LaVine underwent laparoscopic surgery in May, but is expected to be ready to play when the 2022-2023 season begins in October. The former Minnesota Timberwolves Lottery player scored an All-Star title second in a row in the 2021-2022 campaign and ended the year averaging 24.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 34.7 minutes per game across 67 competitions.
A big summer 2021 season that includes the additions of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball to a five-talented roster has begun with LaVine and Nikola Vucevic raising expectations in Chicago and giving the Bulls a quick start to the fall. . Ball was limited to 35 games and other injuries and issues with COVID-19 destroyed the squad in the second half, before they were eliminated in the first round of the knockout stages by the Milwaukee Bucks.
DeRozan, Vucevic and Ball are all contracted, although the starting defender could miss early next season with a knee injury.